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Nine Join 2019 Soccer Signing Class


Coming off the program's first-ever Sun Belt Conference regular season championship, Texas State soccer head coach Kat Conner announced the addition of nine new players to the roster for the 2019 season. The class consists of three forwards, four midfielders, one defender and one goalkeeper.

Joining the Bobcats will be Haley Benson, Ainsley Forbes, Madison Humphrey, Bailey Peschel, Lindsey Salisbury, Mandy Schneider, Avery Theis, Karlee Torisk and Kamaria Williams.

"This incoming freshman class is vastly talented," said Conner. "These players will help us fill areas of weakness and build areas of strength. Most of all, I love their work ethic and competitive spirit!"

"The coaching staff and their future teammates anticipate that every one of these new players will come in and bring the driven, committed and productive mentality that earned them roster spots. I have no doubt they will exceed expectations and be major contributors to our next championship run in Fall 2019."

Haley Benson | Houston, Texas | Cypress Creek HS
Benson is a 5-foot, 6-inch goalkeeper that will graduate from Cypress Creek High School in Houston. The three-time team captain was a First Team All-District 17-6A selection as a junior and was picked to the second team her sophomore season.

In 2018, Benson finished third in the nation in saves with 332 on her way to averaging 15.2 per match. She finished the season with a .883 save percentage and four shutouts for the Cougars. Her performance earned her the team's MVP honors.

On the club level, Benson plays for Challenge SC.

Conner on Benson: "Haley is a highly competitive and very athletic goalkeeper. We will be counting on her to continue the goalkeeping tradition of being a vocal leader in the back while helping us shutout opponents."

Ainsley Forbes | Cedar Park, Texas | Cedar Park HS
A 5-foot, 3-inch forward and midfielder, Forbes is a four-year letterman and starter for Cedar Park High School. In 2018 she helped lead the Timberwolves to the UIL 5A Region 3 semifinals, a 17-6-3 record and 13-2-1 mark in District 19-5A.

Her sophomore year saw her be named to the All-District 19-5A second team. The soon to be Bobcat has also been an academic all-district selection and serves as team captain.

Forbes was also on the basketball team and ran track. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society and takes part in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Conner on Forbes: "Ainsley comes to us with a well-developed sense of game pace. She is skilled at going at defenders and successfully creates scoring opportunities. Ainsley will excel at the outside midfield position."

Madison Humphrey | Red Oak, Texas | Red Oak HS
Humphrey arrives to San Marcos from Red Oak High School in Red Oak, Texas. This past season she recorded 19 goals and 14 assists. In the regular season finale, she netted a hat trick and also assisted on three scores. It was her third match of the year with three assists.

The soon to be Bobcat helped the Hawks claim the 2016 District 14-5A title with a 12-1-3 record and were 15-2-4 overall. That season saw her be named to the all-district second team. In 2017, Humphrey was selected to the All-District 10-5A First Team.

Conner on Humphrey: "Madison has the innate ability to know where to be in order to score. She is a finesse player with the technical skill to drive at her opponent and finish with a goal. Madison definitely is a force to be reckoned with."

Bailey Peschel | Cypress, Texas | Cypress Woods HS
Peschel will arrive in San Marcos from Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, Texas. She is a 5-foot, 5-inch forward and midfielder that helped lead the Wildcats to a 13-0 district record in the springs. This past season saw her record 12 goals and 15 assists on her way to being named the All-District 17-6A First Team. The soon to be Bobcat was also an all-district second team and honorable mention selections as a sophomore and freshman, respectively.

Since her freshman year, Peschel has been a starter on the varsity team while earning academic all-district honors each season. So far in her career on the pitch she has netted 28 goals and been credited with 24 assists. This upcoming season in the spring of 2019 will see her serve as team captain.

Peschel also competes on the Cypress Woods cross country team. She picked up All-District 17-6A second team honors as a freshman and sophomore and was an all-district academic first team honoree.

Competing for Dynamos SC, she led the team in goals in 2018. That season also saw the squad reach the US Club Soccer National Finals that were held in Aurora, Colorado.

Conner on Peschel: "Bailey is an extremely versatile player, skilled in the forward and midfield positions. She is quick on both sides of the ball and that versatility, combined with her athleticism, will create significant challenges for opponents."

Lindsey Salisbury | Pflugerville, Texas | Pflugerville HS
Salisbury will arrive in San Macros from Pflugerville High School. She helped lead the Panthers to a 14-9-2 overall record and qualify for the UIL 6A playoffs. Her performance on the field saw her be named to the All-District 13-6A second team. She also was an all-district honorable mention selection as a freshman.

The 5-foot, 9-inch midfielder was selected for the Olympic Development Program team four year in a row and made the regional tryouts her third year.

At school, Salisbury is also an AP Ambassador and member of the National Honor Society. She also volunteers to feed the homeless once a month at local churches.

Conner on Salisbury: "One of Lindsey's many talents is her ability to accurately read the game and know how to respond. She has the skill to execute what she reads, which will be an enormous asset in the midfield."

Mandy Schneider | Mansfield, Texas | Mansfield HS
A 5-foot, 8-inch midfielder, Schneider will graduate this spring form Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas. She helped the Tigers claim a share of the 2018 District 4-6A at 13-1-0. Overall, Mansfield HS went 23-3-0 and reached the UIL 6A Region 1 semifinals.

Conner on Schneider: "Mandy has a lot of energy and raw talent. Her keen understanding of the game, combined with her intensity and athleticism will make Mandy an outstanding defender for us."

Avery Theis | Forth Worth, Texas | Timber Creek HS
Theis will come to Texas State after graduating from Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas. The 5-foot, 9-inch defensive back was a Texas Association of Soccer Coaches All-Region 1-6A Second Team pick as a sophomore. That season also saw the future Bobcat named to the All-District 3-6A First Team. Her freshman year saw her be named the District 5-6A Defensive Newcomer of the Year.

Last season saw Theis help the Falcons go 15-4-4 overall and finish second in District 3-6A with a 10-2-0 record. The team reached the UIL 6A Region 1 Area Finals before seeing their season come to an end. She was part of a backline that recorded 11 shutouts for the season.

Theis plays club soccer for Solar SC Development Academy. This past summer saw her and the team reach the quarterfinals at the national tournament held in Oceanside, California.

Conner on Theis: "Avery is tough to beat. She's a quick and smart defender who has the ability to not only stop plays but to then generate the rapid counter attacks that will elevate our transition game."

Karlee Torisk | Forth Worth, Texas | Boswell HS
Torisk is a 5-foot, 4-inch midfielder and defender. She will arrive at TXST after graduating from Boswell High School in Fort Worth. Her freshman season saw her be selected as the District 5-5A Newcomer of the Year and to the all-district second team.

The future Bobcat competed at the club level with the Dallas Texans Development Academy team and Solar SC.

Conner on Torisk: "Karlee has an incredible work rate. She's a player who just never stops pushing. Karlee's highly driven nature will be an excellent addition to our culture of grit and determination."

Kamaria Williams | Mansfield, Texas | Lake Ridge HS
Williams will graduate in the spring from Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, Texas. She was an All-District 10-5A First Team pick both her junior and sophomore seasons. This past year also saw her be named to the all-district academic team. As a freshman, she was selected as the Eagles' Offensive MVP.

The 5-foot, 3-inch forward and defender is on the school's student athletic leadership council and prom committee. She also volunteers her time at the Ronald McDonald House and at local food pantries.

Conner on Williams: "Kamaria has an amazing find for us through our ID soccer camp. She has a sophisticated understanding of the game and the versatility to fill several different needs. Kamaria is a fierce competitor who will add dimension and depth to our roster."

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